Family Guy is banned for promoting legalisation of marijuana

The Venezuelan government has banned the popular American serial Family Guy because they claimed it promotes the use of marijuana. The Government will punish television channels if they broadcast any further episodes of the cartoon comedy. The measure was adopted after an episode where Brian, a talking dog character, campaigned to legalise weed.

Venezuelan Justice Minister, Tareck El Aissami said that the serial “is an open message that encourages drugs consumption and legalisation of marijuana”. The broadcast of Family Guy will not only be banned, but also the government will fine cable stations that refuse to dump the show.

The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez considers that Venezuelans have been corrupted by American capitalist values and need a new moral code. The Justice Minister backed that claim and asserted that weed consumption “can be normal within the American culture, but this sort of propaganda has provoked that one third of American population consumed drugs”.

Last year, a television channel was fined by government for broadcasting The Simpsons, after officials decided it promoted “messages that go against the whole education of boys, girls and adolescents”.